With artifacts from Africa (Ethiopia and the Northern section), the Middle East, every part of Europe (East, West, North, South), the United Kingdom, the United States, and some parts of Asia (Bits here and there), Passages makes for a fairly comprehensive history lesson. I came across books I have never even heard about, such as The Imitation of Christ and The Golden Legend. However, this traveling exhibition left me with mixed feelings. My positive feelings? I loved all the manuscripts on display. Such gorgeous and varied work going from facsimiles of Jewish Scrolls to Johnny Cash’s Bible.
And yes, the exhibition goes somewhat in that order.
Defiant title, yes? With this eye-catching title, Hodge obviously wrote this book for people who dislike Modern and Contemporary art.
In her book, the author counters this criticism by claiming that while Modern and Contemporary art looks childish on the surface, these works contain potent commentary on the cultures it came from. Working with this theme, Susie Hodge wants readers to educate themselves on why people from these eras made art that looked “childish”.
I agree with him wholeheartedly, and I love the examples he thought as truly surreal.
Salvador and Gala sing of their love. Salvador feels passion and Gala feels hesitant. On the downside, the lyrics felt anachronistic when Gala sings about men using after “the moment they get laid”. Did people in during the thirties and forties talk that way?
After finding “Sleep” that came from this musical, I found the other parts on YouTube. I do like this music and how it captures the horrors of World War II that the composer wrote about in the summary. The guitar solos had this nice Rock Opera edge. According to the summary, the owner made this in 2000, so a full musical never came to light. Pity.
I have never heard of this musical, but I will try to find out more about it. From what I gather, Gala sings about loving, admiring, and lying to Salvador.
I love this film. Beyond the Dali dream scene, I enjoyed the love story between the characters played by Bergman and Peck.